When you’re not in the travel industry, how much do you make?
INDIANAPOLIS — It was the weekend of the big conventions, and everyone was trying to plan a trip for their friends and family.
But that plan was in tatters when the travel agency I work for got a call from the CEO of an online travel agency.
She asked if I was available to do a one-off trip to Japan, and it was a no-brainer.
So, for $100,000, I would fly my family, travel with a team of Japanese colleagues, and get to see Tokyo.
The trip would be part of a campaign to raise money for an online tourism company that uses social media to connect Japanese expats with Japanese companies.
It would be the first time I would ever go on a Japanese-based trip, so I was thrilled to be asked to do it.
The goal was to raise $1.5 million, which would help the company get the next step: opening its first Japanese office.
That first trip was one of the most expensive I’ve ever done, and I wasn’t prepared for how much I would make.
I ended up making about $3,500 in the first month alone.
I made $1,000 from my flight to Tokyo, plus $600 on the hotel.
I’d planned to work for a while, and then start my own business.
But this was a different kind of job.
I was making $2,000 a week in a field that I had never worked in.
I wanted to get out of the travel business.
My experience in travel is that I find that, if you do something that is a good fit for the culture, the language, the time period, the people you are meeting, and the community, you can really make money in it.
I went back to the office to ask about my plans.
“Well, it sounds like we have to raise more money,” I said.
“Are we on a timeline?”
She said, “Yeah, we’re on a timetable.”
The next day, I was out on a tour with the company’s head of marketing.
I had to give them a demo.
I showed them some Japanese text messages that I’d been getting, which they said I was translating.
I said, I’ve been in Japan for about a year.
I understand what it’s like, and how hard it is.
She said, That’s why we’re going to be here.
She started to tell me about the Japan International Air Show in 2019.
I’m not going to tell you all of what it is because I’m going to get it from her and have it with me for a week.
She had this amazing translator who was sitting next to her who had a Japanese accent.
She was very calm and collected.
She explained how the Tokyo Expo is different than anything else in the world, how you have to know Japanese, how to make reservations, how long it takes to get through customs, and more.
I told her about my experience and said I’m just excited to go.
I asked, “How many people are going to go on this trip?”
I said, Oh, we’ll have five, maybe six.
She told me she was going to have a team and was going into detail about everything she wanted to do.
I think she was really excited.
I said: I think I should go.
I ended up staying in a hotel room for six nights, which was a bit of a shock.
I went out a few times to do some shopping.
I ate a lot of sushi.
I thought, Well, this is what I do.
After that, I felt like I was really out of it.
But then I started thinking, “I’m making $10,000 per month.”
It was good enough for the company.
My job was to help the team raise money to open their first Japanese-language office.
It took about two months to raise all the money that was needed, and to start operating in Japan.
I started to worry that it might not be enough.
But I knew that if I could help the campaign succeed, then I could also help the Japanese-American community in general.
I told them that if they could raise $10 million, they would get a job for me, which is something that no other company could offer me.
So I was excited.
We’ve made a differenceI got the call and I flew back to New York.
The next day I woke up to a call saying, “The campaign has been successful.
I can’t believe it.
I’m so happy.”
The next morning, I flew out and I was on a plane to Japan.
It was my first time ever in Japan and I could tell I was in a world of difference.
My wife and I had dinner in Tokyo with the team, and we were talking about what the company would be doing.
I explained the